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London Raiders sign Slavomir Buda

PUBLISHED: 09:32 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:45 07 October 2016

New London Raiders import Slavomir Buda (left) with team-mate Ziggy Beesley at training on Thursday evening

New London Raiders import Slavomir Buda (left) with team-mate Ziggy Beesley at training on Thursday evening

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New Slovakian import joins ranks

London Raiders have announced the signing of new import forward Slavomir Buda.

The Slovakian comes into the side, following the release of Kamil Kinkor in midweek, and the club hope the 25-year-old left-winger can increase their scoring output in the National League.

Raiders have managed 15 goals in five matches so far this season, with Buda’s fellow Slovakian Marek Nahlik netting seven of them.

And Buda joins the Lee Valley ranks on the recommendation of Nahlik, who suffered a shoulder injury against Bracknell last weekend.

A club statement said: “While the season has started with many positives, we are aware that possession and shots on goal have not been converting into results.

“We hope to be heading towards an improvement in this area as we announce the signing of Slavomir Buda.

“Slavomir is described as a hard worker, assisted by an athletic build and a consistent point scorer year on year, as opposed to a one-season wonder assisted by star linemates.”

The six-foot two-inch Buda came through the youth ranks at HKM Zvolen, before joining HC Detva in Slovakian League Division Two and has also played for Zvolen in Division One.

His scoring has been consistent over the past six seasons and the club statement added: “All the stats in the world tell you little compared with personal reccomendations and Raiders have signed Slavomir largely based on those that have experienced his play.

“We are certain he will be popular with the fans, but unpopular with the Lee Valley maintenance team responsible for changing the goal judges red light!”

Buda should make his debut against the Isle of Wight on Sunday, when Raiders are hoping to turn the rink pink in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity.

The team will be wearing their pink warm-up jerseys during the match and donation buckets will be available for those wishing to show their support, with a signed jersey will be auctioned off.

Last weekend’s meeting between the two sides ended in a 9-3 win for the Isle of Wight on their own rink, but both sides have since been hit by suspensions handed down from the league, with London goalie Michael Gray receiving a three-game ban.

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